One of my favorite gifts that I, myself, gifted this year was a one-month subscription to Hello Fresh for my mom. She’s been bogged down with work lately, so I know that’s affected the time she has available to go grocery shopping. So, my partner and I decided to go half in together on a one month subscription to a food prep company all so my mother could make her own meals after work and not worry about time needed to do it.
Unfortunately, a company like that isn’t exactly
cheap, so we had to cancel her subscription a week ago in order to not be
charged full price for February. It sucked because we both knew she was loving
it so much, but the full price on some of those subscription companies and
their shipping boxes is absolutely outrageous.
And this made us realize we had our own
subscription companies to decide on quitting or not. In fact, one of her
friends gifted us a one-month subscription to a wine company. It’s not
surprising that her friend is a huge fan of wine, but we’ve enjoyed the company
enough to consider continuing the subscription boxes we get now that a month
has gone by after Christmas. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that we’re
going to continue on with it. But all isn’t said and done until she gives the
Still, we live in a moment in history where
people actually have to make these conscious decisions, to skip their next
month’s subscription or to continue on. Part of these decisions can be made
based on financial reasons, and sometimes they’re made because someone realizes
that it’s just not as necessary as they first thought. On the other hand, other
subscriptions can really make you consider continuing a subscription because of
the absolute convenience that the company is providing you. Take my mom and us
for example. We would be dropping almost eighty bucks to go forward with 2
meals a week for her and my dad. Yeah, that really only comes out to be five
dollars a meal, but that’s something we could achieve on our own for even
cheaper if we went to the store often for really cheap produce and grains.
When all is said and done, I would say that now
more than ever we have all the power in the world to choose what we want and
what we spend our money on. A lot say the internet is an evil thing, but I look
at it as the most benevolent invention humans have ever made if only because it
has offered us absolute control over our preferences.
In the past few years, I’ve begun narrowing down
a lot of my expenses to become things that I need or can afford if I don’t need
it. It’s really been helping my budgeting to be able to name exactly what it is
I must have and what I don’t need. From there, things become pretty simple to
avoid. It’s almost like an alcoholic making sure they’re not around alcohol in
certain situations to not even tempt them. For some, they must ensure they’re
not even in the position to spend money on things like video games by removing
a card from the online gaming store and by not going near gaming sections in
certain stores. Sounds simple enough, right?
Well, it is so long as you have the willpower to
start off strong in whatever you’re doing. I’ve found that another healthier
way of handling this sort of need to buy things is substituting something you
were paying for with something you actually need.
For example, I’m a big fan of subscription boxes,
much like a lot of others out there my age. It’s all the craze nowadays, and
there’s a reason for that: getting something shipped to your door without
having to go out and buy it is addicting. You do much less work to get the
product and yet can get pretty much whatever you want from online marketplaces.
And the shipping supplies are always enticing too, because those companies put
so much work into making sure their customers return for more and more.
So I decided to invest in something like
imperfect produce. Cooking is a huge part
of my relationship with my partner, and we’re constantly running to the grocery
all the time for a few onions here or some garlic and greens there. Instead, I
decided it would be a good idea to pay a monthly subscription for imperfect
produce. It serves three different purposes for us.
First off, we’re able to reroute money elsewhere
spent on subscription boxes that we don’t need to something like this that we
do need. It’s fueling an obsession in a healthy way. Secondly, it saves us
trips to the store and gives us a constant stream of produce so that we’re
getting all the nutrition we need and are forced to cook with it. Finally, it
makes us stay in much more often and eat our own home-cooked meals instead of
going out all the time and spending more than we need.
Who knew boxes with pretty shipping supplies
within could be a healthy thing that supports a need in your life? Too often
we’re swept up by all the enticing things out there that we “want” but don’t
actually “need.” It’s good to find a healthy substitute!
With a new year comes new habits, new resolutions, and new lifestyle changes. Well, I sure hope that all of those things happen for everyone else, because new means change, and I have always seen change as one of the best things humans can undergo and take on.
It’s no surprise that all of the resolutions are
coming out in full force this year. This is mostly because not only have we
welcomed in a new year, but we’ve also welcomed in an entirely new decade.
Considering decades don’t come around as awesome, you can imagine that everyone
is hopping on the resolution bandwagon and setting out lofty goals to achieve
One thing my partner and I have set out to do
this year is to get much more vegetables and produce than we did last year. We
just recently transitioned to a vegan lifestyle, and so plants and produce
should abound in our home. The problem is, we’ve been a bit bad about making
sure we have enough to eat and getting the right nutrition, so we’re taking a
new approach to groceries this year.
And that’s through the imperfect produce
companies out there. I’ve heard that you get so much produce on a weekly basis, almost to the point of not being
able to keep up. And for the price they offer this imperfect produce at, it’s
seemingly the best deal out there for helping to support a cause like
eliminating food waste awhile also getting your own produce at an absolute
So we’re bound to have shipping boxes on our
front porch on a weekly basis now. This should also make grocery shopping much
easier, as that will likely revolve around spices, one off products, frozen
foods, and other essentials that are not related to our cooking. Joining in on
one simple little plan with shipping boxes full of produce is going to change
our grocery game in a huge way this year, and I think it’s going to keep us
honest when it comes to sticking to a great nutritional program.
I encourage you to think about your own
resolutions in a way that helps out your health more than any other aspect of
your life. Second most important to health? Your financial life. These two
things have the biggest influence on your lifestyle and what you are able to
do, and they absolutely should be addressed when it comes to crafting goals for
yourself for the rest of the year (or even decade!).
Now that the new year has rolled in, I’ve become engrossed with creating storage out of nothing in my home. The idea of organizing my belongings and storage areas is enticing if only to save space elsewhere and keep the home nice and tidy. In fact, I always find myself wanting more areas and dedicated spaces to store my general stuff. You know, general stuff as in not clothes, not food, and not technology. Everything else that is a loose item needs somewhere to go, right?
For example, rather than putting my shoes
directly beneath the bench in front of my front door, I have a shoe rack. Or
even the abundance of coasters I have collected from breweries, those go in a
small basket beneath my coffee table.
But when it comes to new storage things, I can’t
really justify spending money on storage containers and other shipping supplies
when I’m fine with my place being a little messier than normal if it means
saving a few bucks. And that’s probably most of my problem. That I’m okay with
being cheap even if it means being messier. Probably not the best way to be!
As of late I’ve started to have a few ideas of
little things I could go out and buy that wouldn’t cost too much, especially if
they’re from resale shops.
Honestly, I have too many loose knives with no
dedicated rack in my kitchen. And the loose knives in my drawers can honestly
be a bit dangerous to reach into if not careful. So recently, I I realized we
need a knife holder. These can be extremely cheap if you find the right ones in
the right places. The only thing to keep in mind, though, is if it fits the
theme of your kitchen. You can never go wrong with wooden knife racks.
I always loved my bookcases growing up. They were
a sign of how much I loved to read, and I considered them sacred for that very
reason. Now, I don’t happen to have as many books since I’ve gotten rid of a
lot, but having a bookcase for my books and
other things like my vinyl albums seems super useful. Heck, I can even
store my very shipping supplies in cabinets within the new book shelves if
there happens to be any. Talk about storing the storage supplies themselves!